July 2, 2015
Helen R. Kanovsky, General Counsel
Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel
Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 7th Street, SW, Room 10276
Washington, DC 20410-0500
Re: “Establishing a More Effective Fair Market Rent (FMR) System; Using Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs) in Housing Choice Voucher Program Instead of the Current 50th Percentile FMRs; Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking,” 80 Fed. Reg. 31332 (June 2, 2015)
We are writing on behalf of the undersigned housing and civil rights organizations to express our support for HUD’s proposal to implement Small Area FMRs to more metropolitan areas, to expand access to high opportunity communities for low income families with children. We also respond to the specific questions posed by HUD and suggest areas for improvement in the proposed rule.